Reply To: I am confused by ng/nl
My result was 11.5 with a reference of nmol/l.
I was told it was low but not deficient.
I have been suffering for 3 years with terrible leg pain and very weak painful thighs. Could it be the cause.
In the USA we measure Vitamin D as ng/ml. We here at the VDC promote maintaining a “healthy level” of 50ng/ml. Even though the range here goes from 30-100ng/ml, too much research shows the following. At levels below 40ng/ml and your chance for cancers or autoimmune disease rises “dramatically”.
Now if you converted your 11nmol/l to ng/ml, your level would be about 4 ng/ml.
You are “extremely” low. You are even below the “bottom” of the range for the USA. Yes, it is making you very sick and you are actually in the Osteomalacia range which means “adult rickets”.
At this point doctors usually treat this by giving 50,000iu of Vitamin D once a week. Research shows that it is better to take Vitamin D on a daily basis so that means you need to take 8000-10,000iu per day of D3 and NOT D2, for at least 8 weeks. I would also take 500mg of calcium per day. Eventually you may be able to take a maintenance dose of 5000iu depending on your weight.
It is very important to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/.
Vitamin D can deplete other minerals (usually magnesium) and vitamins. So if you start taking it and develop any new symptoms, come back and tell me!